Like a set of nesting dolls, Russian cuisine is an ornate, unexpected treat best appreciated after vodka. Discover the surprisingly filling feast with today's Groupon: for $15, you'll get $30 worth of Eastern and Western European cuisine at Restaurant Europa. The Pepper Pike eatery presents a well-deserved pause from expected ethnic cuisines with a menu rich in Russian delicacies.
Unless you install a restaurant-grade walk-in freezer in your home, Restaurant Europa is the closest you'll get to Russia without taking a trip to Alaska. Masterfully blending the Eastern European eats alongside more familiar cuisines from France and beyond, Restaurant Europa offers tempting treats for every appetite. The appetizer menu gives guests a palatable passport with a slew of inventive options. Epicuriously explore with lamb, beef, and rice-stuffed grape leaves served with garlic yogurt cream sauce ($6.99), or nibble on a shrimp cocktail ($4.99) or a chilled eggplant salad ($3.99). Main courses include lamb osso bucco ($13.49), gently sautéed foie gras ($24), and a hearty rice-stuffed cabbage for vegetarians ($9.99). Restaurant Europa also houses an ice-cold vodka room. Play dress up in fur coats and hats and sample more than 30 types of vodka out of ice-made glasses.
The electric hum of a violin courtesy of a gypsy violinist enhances the experience every night but Monday after 6 p.m. Those seeking the sounds of authentic Russian music can stop by to hear a DJ on Saturday nights in the Ceviche Bar. The bar also has live jazz on Wednesdays and salsa dancing on Fridays. Knowledgeable and attentive wait staff helps befuddled diners navigate through a menu full of foreign fare. With more than 20 years experience and European-trained chefs, Restaurant Europa is the ideal environment to temper wanderlust and grumbling stomachs, while comfortably donning your coon-skin cap in public.
- With exotic and traditional Russian dishes, and more than enough vodka to wash it all down, Restaurant Europa brings a taste of Eastern Europe to the East Side. They even provide the fur hats—seriously. – Jennifer Grathwol, Metromix
- But it appears that most of Europa's culinary roads lead east to its Lithuanian-Russian patrimony, and it's down that path we ambled in our several leisurely meals there. If you do the same, I can promise an evening of something completely different than the usual East Side designer-cuisine experience. – Beth Segal, Plain Dealer
Restaurant Europa acquaints its diners with the hearty, core-warming dishes of Europe via single servings or family-style platters before inviting guests to dance at the in-house ceviche bar, which stays open after hours. Escorted by servers who float between recessed, private booths and centrally situated tables, plates piled with sour-cream-crowned latkes, classic Russian-style schnitzel, and sautéed foie gras fill the dining room with international aromas. The option to dine family-style allows groups to sup on eight assorted appetizers and a choice of four entrees as they discuss their clan's sacred ancestral hairdo. After dinner, patrons can relax at the bar or steal away to the Siberian vodka room, where they can sip the traditional spirit from a glass made of ice.
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